Huntington's disease

 

Huntington’s disease is an inherited neurodegenerative condition which typically presents in mid-adult life with a movement disorder (chorea and fidgetiness), mood related symptoms (irritability, anxiety, depression) and problems with cognition (concentration and attention).

A blood test which looks for the specific genetic defect can be used to establish the diagnosis in an adult with symptoms of this disease. This test can also be used in unaffected healthy individuals who have a family history of Huntington's disease to establish whether or not they carry the faulty gene and will, therefore, at sometime develop the disease.

We do not yet have treatments which slow or prevent the onset of this condition, but there is an enormous collaborative international research endeavour directed at finding new effective therapies.

We do have medical, physical and supportive treatments and therapies to alleviate and manage the symptoms of this disease.